The exhibition was developed as part of the UK Residency Report Showcase, an inaugural programme that has been created to support emerging artists who have recently completed a UK based residency programme. In addition to exhibiting works produced during their respective residencies, this exhibition will also feature a series of new works that have never been presented in the UK before.
By starting from the simple action of observation within everyday urban life, developing to the questioning of larger socio-political issues, both Min and Suh share similarities in their artistic approach. Growing up in Seoul, Korea and migrating to the UK, Min and Suh have common experiences of living within two heavily divergent cultures, and it is through these shared encounters that feelings of chronic tension, alienation, invisible authorities and hyper-sensitivity are formed.
Min’s installations take inspiration through the objects he finds in the city. Unwanted materials and abandoned objects, items that were once valued within one’s daily life, are collected, dissected and rebuilt into visual sculptures. Derived from personal experiences, it is the rather uncomfortable memories of anxiety and alienation of modern life that make up the foundations of his art. Through Min’s use of reassembling the neglected, the consistent repetition of pen line drawings and the narrative based video works he delivers the stress and emotions that we routinely face in contemporary urban surroundings. For this exhibition, Min will be presenting a new performance work in collaboration with artist Ziad Nagy, shaped around the notions of the repetitive and meaningless physical movements of our modern society.
Heavily influenced by memories of his upbringing, Shinuk Suh creates works that examine the notion of an ideal human image that has been imposed on us by modern society and in response, expresses his sense of alienation towards such social structures. By incorporating kinetic features in his works, one sees dreamlike structures of machine-driven actions that reminisce the continuous movements within a factory’s production line. Almost cartoonish, the distorted human figures have an eccentric visual impact, highlighting the helpless and powerless individuals living under such ideologies. In addition to his latest silicone works produced during his time at the Unit 1 Gallery Workshop Residency Programme, Suh has produced a piece of work for the upcoming exhibition, Rendered Reality. Duplicating a sculpture onto a television screen, Suh questions our ability to distinguish between reality and the world of fiction within our high technology-based society.
Rendered Reality is organised by the Korean Cultural Centre UK in collaboration with the Koppel Project and Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop.
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